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Russell Black elected to State Senate 17

Rep. Russell Black

WILTON - Rep. Russell Black (R - Wilton) was elected to the state senate Tuesday, and will fill the seat currently occupied by the outgoing Sen. Tom Saviello (R - Wilton).

Running as the Republican candidate, Black received 9,620 votes, compared to 7,969 votes for Democratic candidate Jan Collins, also of Wilton. Senate District 17 consists of all of Franklin County, plus the towns of Belgrade, Fayette, Mount Vernon and Vienna in Kennebec County.

Collins narrowly took a few towns, including Farmington, Carrabassett Valley and all four towns in Kennebec County, but Black ran up bigger margins throughout much of Franklin County.

Black, who owns and operates Black Acres Farm in Wilton, has served four terms in House District 114 and will be succeeded by Randall Hall, another Wilton resident, following the results on Tuesday's election.

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  1. Thank God a real republican in that Senate seat for a change.

  2. Congratulations to you Russ. You have a history of listening and acting on all sides.

  3. Congratulations Russ👍🏻

  4. Congratulations Russell.

  5. Congratulations to both Russell and Sue, my classmates MBHS-1971

  6. CONGRATULATIONS RUSS!!! Guess my wearing your tee-shirt endorsing you had a positive affect. Well done!

  7. Congratulations, Russell!

  8. go russ class of 71 mt blue ra ra ra

  9. Congratsulations Russell

  10. Awesome news! I know without a doubt, you will make all of us proud!
    God be with you!
    Philippians 4:13

  11. Congratulations Senator Black!

  12. Congratulations to both Russell and Randy. Also a huge thanks to Tom for his many years of leadership and service. Well done all.